In Memoriam

Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann (1929 - 2014)

Norwich, VT - Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann, 85.5 years old, succumbed to Parkinson’s Disease at Hanover (N.H.) Terrace on Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014. Bob was born on June 7, 1929 in Dresden, Germany, the son of Eberhard Bruno and Elsa (Haege) Naumann zu Koenigsbrueck. Given his parents’ divorce and WWII, Bob attended schools far and wide: the Browning School in New York City; the Cranbrook School and the Scots College in Sydney, Australia; the University of California in Berkeley. After his Jan.-1949 UC graduation, accented with Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi keys, Bob entered Princeton University’s graduate program in Physical Chemistry, a field, engrossing him since early boyhood. In 1953 with a Ph.D. in Chemistry, a fresh US naturalization certificate and a new ham-radio license (W2FNY) Bob chose not leave Princeton. Instead he remained for a 39-year career as the university’s only joint Professor of Chemistry and Physics. While there he taught hundreds of undergrad and graduate students, plus Albert Einstein! On an April 1, 1955 home-visit he and N.Y.U. Prof. Henry Stroke answered atomic-clock questions, long puzzling Einstein.

Robert M. Ross (1917-2009)

Bob Ross, longtime department Chemical Hygiene Officer and Adjunct Professor, died on June 26, 2009. Bob's interests in NMR spectroscopy and the interface between chemistry and biology will be remembered; our NMR lab bears his name, as does the successful and ongoing Robert M. and Martha W. Ross Lectures series.

Paul S. Veale (1951-2009)

Paul Sylvernuse Veale Jr. professor and senior lecturer of organic chemistry died on May 28, 2009. Born in Chicopee, MA and raised in Springfield, MA, Paul called many places home in his lifetime. A graduate of Cathedral High School 1969, Paul started his college education at Assumption College; transferring after two years and graduating from Loyola University, LA with a degree in chemistry. Paul's Masters Degree was awarded to him by Mt. Holyoke College South Hadley, MA. After several years in private industry working for Nashua Corp. Nashua, N.H. and Pfizer Corp. in Groton, CT, Paul responded to a strong desire to help people by joining the Peace Corp. He spent two years in a remote village in Papau, New Guinea. Upon returning to the U.S. Paul attended George Washington University, Washington D.C. where he received his doctorate. Paul began his college teaching career at Wellesley College, followed by  his position here at Dartmouth.

Dr. Walter H. Stockmayer (1914-2004)

Walter H. Stockmayer, 90, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, died at his home in Norwich, VT, on May 9, 2004. Professor Stockmayer was an internationally known chemist and university teacher for 67 years. He is widely recognized as one of the pioneers in polymer science in the twentieth century. His specific interest was in theory and experiment for the structure and dynamics of polymer molecules, including various uses of the light scattering method.

Growing up in Rutherford, NJ, he graduated from Rutherford High School and received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1935, where he served as class President. He won a Rhodes scholarship and attended Jesus College of Oxford University (UK) from 1935 to 1937, earning a B.Sc. He returned to MIT, earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry under J. A. Beattie in 1940. During World War II, he contributed to classified war research projects while at Columbia University. He returned again to the MIT faculty after the war, earning a Full Professorship in 1952. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1956.